News and Announcements

16th September, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost


Dear friends in Christ,

Pope Francis has announced a special gathering of the Presidents of the world’s episcopal conferences, to meet in February 2019, on the “theme” of the protection of minors. With great respect, a bureaucratic response to the present crisis, and one that is delayed by six months, is woefully inadequate. Indeed, if this summit of Bishops fails to address the precise issues raised by the Viganò testimony, it will only add to the problem, instead of providing solutions. Commitment to accountability for the crime of abuse, must be matched by commitment to accountability for cover ups. All of the documents referred to by Viganò should be made public, together with the Cardinals’ report on corruption delivered to Pope Benedict in December 2012, and never seen or heard of again after Benedict handed it on to Pope Francis. Moreover, the continued silence of Pope Francis in the face of grave and credible allegations causes renewed pain to the victims of abuse, hampers the pursuit of truth and justice, and gravely damages the Church and the institution of the Papacy. This is not the dignified silence of Christ before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. Rather, it seems more like the silence of the lawyers and Pharisees before Our Lord’s questions, recounted in last Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 14): “But they held their peace. And they could not answer Him to these things.” What has suddenly happened to the much vaunted Church of dialogue? Pope Francis, tear down this wall of secrecy and silence! Fall it will in any case: for this wall of silence can neither withstand Faith, nor imprison truth.

How fitting in the present hour is the Collect of today’s Mass: “Grant unto Thy people, we beseech thee, O Lord, to avoid every contamination of the devil, and with pure minds to follow Thee, the only God.” May I invite you to keep the Ember Days of this week as days of prayer and penance in reparation and impetration, that the Lord may purify His Church. I commend to you the following article by Rod Dreher, as an important reminder of the primarily spiritual nature of the battle that is being waged at present:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/life-during-spiritual-wartime-exorcist-benedict-option/

Let us pray for the Church. God bless you!

Fr Glen Tattersall


Church cleaning day – Saturday, 6th October: volunteers are requested to assist with the cleaning and preparation of the Church and sacristies, in readiness for Cardinal Burke’s visit. We will commence after Benediction at 11 am on Saturday 6th October (First Saturday), and a light lunch will be provided. Please help if you can!

Cardinal Burke’s visit: as you might imagine, we must incur significant costs to bring Cardinal Burke to Australia. It is necessary for him to travel with a priest assistant. Donations to help defray these costs will be gratefully received. Please contact Fr Tattersall if you can assist. After Confirmations and Solemn Pontifical Mass on Sunday 14th October, there will be a picnic BBQ in the Church grounds, before His Eminence gives a public address later in the afternoon. We expect a large number of visitors that day. While food and drink will be available (a donation will be requested), we encourage regular parishioners to bring their own picnic lunch, and perhaps even a contribution in kind for visitors.

Traditional Carmelite Nuns: the forthcoming Australian foundation took a significant step a few days ago, with the announcement that the Nuns have purchased a suitable property for their monastery near Mathoura, in the southern part of the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. To support the project or learn more, visit http://carmeljmj.org.au.

Babysitter available - Isabella De Castella, 16 years old; great with kids, capable babysitter for all ages - text 0475 769 840 or email  for information.

Church cleaning day – Saturday, 6th October: volunteers are requested to assist with the cleaning and preparation of the Church and sacristies, in readiness for Cardinal Burke’s visit. We will commence after Benediction at 11 am on Saturday 6th October (First Saturday), and a light lunch will be provided. Please help if you can!

Legion of Mary: the Legion meets at Maryvale on Saturdays between 8.45-9.45 am (those attending may wish to hear either the 8 am or 10 am Mass). New members are welcome. Inquiries: Pierre-Henri Berard, .

Catechesis for children and adults is held on Saturdays at 11 am – new attendees are welcome. Please contact Fr Tattersall with any inquiries.

First Holy Communion (Sunday, 16th December): those who wish to have their children make their First Holy Communion (preceded by First Confession) are invited to register before the end of August, by way of an email to the Secretary. The usual age for first Confession and Holy Communion is 7 or 8. Sacramental preparation will commence in September.

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2018/09/de-mattei-church-and-men-of-church.html

The Parish of Bl John Henry Newman

Mass and Confession Times

16th September to 23rd September

Date Mass Times Feast

Sunday (16th September)

  • 8.00 am
  • 10.30 am (Solemn Mass)
  • 5.00 pm.
  • (Saturday 15th September – 5.00 pm at St Paul’s Kealba)
  • 17th Sunday after Pentecost

    Monday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • (Feria)

    Tuesday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • (Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Cf

    Wednesday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 5.30 pm (at St Patrick's Cathedral)
  • (Ember Wednesday in September)

    Thursday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • (Feria)

    Friday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 5.00 pm
  • (Saint Matthew, Ap, Evangelist)

    Saturday

  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 5.00 pm (St Pauls, Kealba - Mass of Sunday obligation)
  • (Ember Saturday in September)

    Sunday (23rd September)

  • 8.00 am
  • 10.30 am (Solemn Mass)
  • 5.00 pm
  • Next Mass at St Joseph’s, Iona – Sunday 7th October
  • 18th Sunday after Pentecost

    Eucharistic Exposition: After 7.00am & 10.00am weekday & Saturday Mases

    Confessions: Saturday after each Mass; Sunday before and during each Mass; or after any Mass by request.

    The Parish of Bl John Henry Newman

    Events/Diary

    29th September, 10.00 am - Sung Mass for the Feast of St Michael (Michaelmas)

    14th October, 10.30 am - Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne (Cardinal Burke)

    31st Aug, 2014 - Cardinal Burke leaving St Aloysius' church after Solemn Pontifical Mass.